So Fox, the film’s out. We’ve all seen the reaction. Tell us, was this all a ploy? Because if it was it damn worked wonders! Who’d have thought that making a completely sub-par, stitched up Deadpool in a superhero equivalent of Plan 9 from Outer Space, go quite on the film for years, leak test footage, see the euphoric response, and then release the film to a wild fans and watch the money roll in. Sheer genius!
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a shit-talking, gun-toting, bad-ass mercenary who spends his time having nice little chats with stalkers of teenage girls and hanging round Weasel’s bar (T.J. Miller) causing more trouble and goofing round. However he then meets Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) who is more than a match for Wilson’s twisted life and humour. After being together for around a year Wilson proposes. Accepting, Wilson is overjoyed, and then almost immediately collapses due to having cancer in all the parts of the body you need, i.e: everywhere.
So, as is common in superhero world, Wilson is approached by a shady government type (Jed Rees – i.e: Teb from Galaxy Quest since you have no idea who he is either) and, although reluctant, he eventually accepts and is subsequently tortured in every way imaginable by Francis/Ajax (Ed Skrein) and his lovely super strong assistant Angel Dust (Gina Carano) into eventually transforming into the the ugly ass Deadpool we all know and love.
So, although constantly healing against his cancer keeps him alive, he believes that his face will scare off Vanessa and decides to hunt down the Francis and makes him cure his testicles with teeth face. And that’s the basic outline folks!
So let me just say this from the get go: this film is generic as fuck. The basic plot is Deadpool needs his appearance fixed otherwise he cannot face Vanessa again. What a shallow plot line! And you know the bad guy’s gonna use Vanessa as bait for Deadpool because why the hell not, use every trope in the bag why don’t you? But does this matter a jot? Hell no!
For a plot line about as safe as Roadrunner is from Wile E. Coyote’s traps, Deadpool runs straight for the funny bone and proceeds to beat you over the head with it as you convulse on the floor with pure laughter. Within the first thirty seconds the film had already served up some great one-liners and they were just the what will now sure be known as perhaps one of the greatest intros of a film of all time.
But this doesn’t mean that Deadpool skimps on the emotional stuff either as Reynolds and Baccarin have such great chemistry that you actually feel for Wilson when he is transformed into the fugly Deadpool. Deadpool knew exactly when to be comic, dramatic and violent in equal measure and it really helps the film elevate itself over its simplistic plot.
A point that really shouldn’t need to be made is that fact that Ryan Reynolds absolutely nails Deadpool. He just is Deadpool from the moment he appears on screen to probably right now as he looks in the mirror wearing his own personalised Deadpool suit. His comic timing his perfect for the role and I defy anyone to say that anyone could have done better as the Merc with the Mouth.
Secondly, the supporting cast is fantastic in its absurdity and straight-faced acting. I’m just going to go on a limb and say the possibly greatest named superhero of all time Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and the metallic giant with a good heart and sense of justice Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) make excellent supporting cast members, both contrasting against each other in both size and attitude yet both managing to crawl their way into our hearts.
Also kudos to Gina Carano and Morena Baccarin who show us the badsassery is not the sole prerogative of men. Hell, as a villain, Carano’s Angel Dust is much more of a visible threat than Skrein’s more stereotypical take on villainy and as for Bacarrin, I really hope she becomes more than just a damsel in distress next time around because we’ve clearly seen she can handle herself and since she’s also has powers of her own in the comics they best start using her.
Also for a film that cost around $58 million (thanks Wikipedia) it feels like a tighter production than other superhero films. It pushes its constraints to the limits and, although it shows at times, it just makes it all the better for a superhero that knows he’s in a movie. Hell, Avengers: Age of Ultron had nearly $280 million splashed on it and it wasn’t as nearly as entertaining as this! Less is certainly more for Deadpool and I hope they keep that in mind for the sequel. It’s clearly working that way for Reynolds. Don’t believe me? X-Men: Wolverine Origins and Green Lantern cost around $200 million and $150 million respectively. I rest my case.
Put simply Deadpool is probably the most generic yet best superhero film since Guardians of the Galaxy (maybe even better) and is probably the best film in the entire X-Men series (shots fired methinks, whatever, come at me bro!). Reynolds has definitely got some acting credibility back with this role and hopefully he can keep the Merc’s mouth rolling as we certainly cannot get enough of him!